At the corner of Haines Path and Old Farm Road, North Sagaponack, 4 P.M., about 60 people (and one horse) gathered at the trailhead to dedicate this trail to Dai Dayton
, a hardworking rider from Southampton.
Many politicians and friends came to honor Dai's ongoing commitment to the preservation and enjoyment of the bridle and walking trails of the Town of Southampton.
A 4 foot limestone monument, displaying lovely fossils, a plaque to Dai
, and a hitching ring, commemorates Dai's work on the trail system.
The Nassau-Suffolk Horsemen's Association
was honored to present Dai
with a certificate of appreciation and a basket of "green growing things" in recognition of her
commitment to both horses and the environment.
Dai is a certified arborist.
So when she
raises public awareness of the importance of preserving existing trails for horses and creating new ones she
has a certain "green" cachet!
After a lovely party at the trailhead, complete with cheese, chocolate, cakes & soft drinks Dai
invited all back to her
house for a barbeque.
A class act, without a doubt.
is a vocal proponent of open space acquisition as a means of preserving the trails that she
had protected and nurtured for so many years as President of the Southampton Trails Preservation Society
has established a policy of public outreach through STPS
that includes free regularly scheduled hikes, rides, open monthly meetings, free newsletter, and special events.
has spearheaded committees to prevent illegal dumping on her
was instrumental in creating enforcement strategies to prohibit illegal motorized vehicles on protected lands.
continues to head the "Horses On Trails" committee ( H.O.T.) for the STPS
also established the Friends of Long Pond Greenbelt by initiating such projects as eradicating invasive species and re-establishing the grasslands of Vineyard Fields in Bridgehampton.
also participates in the N.Y. Lakes and Ponds program in the division which monitors the health of the ponds in the Long Pond Greenbelt.
The Southampton Trails Preservation Society
is working on getting a reliable map of the trails which would encourage us to go out there on a fall or winter's day to ride their system
is stepping back a bit from two and a half decades of protecting the environment and heritage of Southampton Town, it was clear, after only a few hours of meeting her
that this lady will never really retire!
August 2009 - Dai Dayton
- Celebrating 20 Years of Dedication to Nature
May 2006 - Where She
Walked, Many Have Followed- By Michael Wright
Suffolk County SPCA